What is Citation?
In a research paper, citation is when you give credit to authors whose ideas you have used to support your own work. Citations let your readers know that you used others' ideas to back up your own ideas and conclusions. Citations not only let your readers know that an idea is not your own, but also point them to the original resource where you found the idea so that they can explore it for themselves.
Why Cite Others' Work?
Just as you wouldn't want someone to take your personal property without asking, you wouldn't want someone to take your intellectual property either. Citation allows you to use someone else's intellectual property, or ideas, but gives the original creator the credit that they deserve.
Plagiarism is using another person's work and trying to pass it off as your own, or using someone else's information without giving them credit.
At STCC, plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and it is taken very seriously. The following forms of academic dishonesty are considered plagiarism and are prohibited at STCC:
The consequences of plagiarism at STCC include failure of the assignment, failure of the course, and dismissal from the college.